Top 20 Extraordinary Smartwatches
Even though wristwatches rapidly lost their practical significance as time tellers and became more of a fashion accessory, they’re actually due for a big comeback thanks to the wonders of modern technology. Smartwatches are a pretty big deal right now, since they offer a wide array of practical applications and outstanding technologies in small packages that can be worn stylishly on the wrist.
By combining practicality and aesthetics, the world’s tech giants such as Google and Apple are working around the clock to manufacture stunning smartwatches, but they are rapidly followed by many other brands that want in on the action. If you want to find out more about these stunning gadgets and the companies behind their creation, we invite you to have a look at our top 30 regarding the world’s most extraordinary smartwatches.
Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch
The Galaxy Gear Smartwatch by Samsung is a technological marvel that flaunts a 1.63-inch OLED screen, a microphone, a speaker and even camera. By all intents and purposes, this smartwatch is a match for any regular mobile phone out there, and since it is powered by an 800MHz processor, you can be sure that it performs admirably as well. The gadget can be purchased for $300, which is not cheap, but given its great looks and impressive technologies, it is well worth the price. Keep in mind that this thing is only compatible with a select list of Samsung smartphones though.
The Pebble smartwatch was among the first smartwatches to be launched globally, and even though its display doesn’t boast with flashy colors, the device definitely looks sleek and elegant. Furthermore, Pebble smartwatches impress with a long battery life and with a certain degree of versatility since they can be synchronized with both iOS and Android-based smartphones. The price tag is a big plus too, since it doesn’t go over $150.
Sony Smartwatch 2
For $200, the Smartwatch 2 by Sony delivers outstanding performance and reliability. This sturdy little gadget is water resistant and can be synchronized effortlessly with a wide array of Android-based smartphones via Bluetooth, but it also boasts something called Near Field Communication, which allows it to pair with your phone by simply bringing the watch in close proximity to the handset.
Qualcomm’s Toq Smartwatch
Qualcomm’s smartwatch features a very special Mirasol screen that needs very little power to function properly. Moreover, the screen is capable of interacting with ambient light in order to make the display crystal clear even in the most unfavorable conditions such as bright sunlight. The display measures 1.55 inches, but the Toq also impresses with wireless charging capabilities. The bad news is that the Toq costs no less than $350, which is quite steep.
The Goophone smartwatch is definitely powerful thanks to its dual-core MediaTek processor that runs at 1.2GHz. This smartwatch also features 512Mb of RAM memory, which can definitely come in handy since its Android 4.0 operating system is compatible with a generous array of applications. The smartwatch by Goophone supports SIM cards but only uses them for data transfer. If you would like to go for the 2G version of this gadget, you should be ready to pay about $250, while the 3G version costs some extra $50. The display measures 1.54-inches and features a resolution of 240×240 pixels. There is also a 2-megapixel camera, GPS and 4GB of internal memory.
The Metawatch costs $160 but it basically represents just a clone for your smartphone display. This gadget allows you to check your email, control your music, view texts and caller IDs, all via a simple Bluetooth 4.0 connection to your Android or iOS-based smartphone. The display features a resolution of 96 x 96 pixels and the entire device is actually water resistant to a certain degree.
The Cookoo Watch functions just as the Metawatch does, but it was created to support iOS devices exclusively. The Cookoo watch boasts a classic, circular design and allows its user to check his or her Facebook notifications, emails, calls, and texts, all for just $130.
The Neptune Pine is actually a wearable smartphone. The gadget can be equipped with a SIM card and is perfectly capable of making calls and sending messages, not to mention the fact that it runs on a full version of the Android Jelly Bean OS. With a 2.4-inch display, the Neptune Pine is not exactly small for a watch, but it makes up for its size through its endless applications and incredible performance. Its Snapdragon dual-core processor is more than a match for any modern application, while its 5-megapixel cameras can snap quick and high quality images at any given moment.
The sWaP smartwatch is also a miniature smartphone of sorts. The 1.5-inch display comes with a resolution of 176 x 132 pixels, while a built-in camera can snap quick pics or record videos effortlessly. The sWaP supports its own SIM card and is able to perform calls and send texts, while its generous storage capacity allows its user to store all necessary contacts and files on the device without worries. This smartwatch comes with a standard 2GB microSD memory card that can be replaced with another card of up to 32GB should the need arise. The sWaP smartwatch comes in 5 different variants, while its price tag starts at $140.
The Geak smartwatch impresses with a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM memory and an Android 4.1 OS, but the surprises don’t end here! This superb gadget is also capable of monitoring your fitness, which makes it a perfect companion for the active types. Other highlights include a 1.55-inch display with a resolution of 240×240 pixels as well as Wi-Fi connectivity, NFC, GPS, FM radio and Bluetooth. The price? About $330.
Omate TrueSmart Smarwatch
The Omate TrueSmart has it all! A powerful 1.3Ghz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM memory, a 1.54-inch display, a Micro SIM slot and an Android 4.2 OS. Obviously, if you had this watch on your wrist on a daily basis, you wouldn’t need a smartphone anymore, since you could check anything from emails, texts and calls with a simple touch on your wrist. The TrueSmart smartwatch by Omate can perform calls and send messages on its own without pairing to another device, which gives it and its user great independence. The gadget also flaunts a 5MP camera, GPS, Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth connectivity. What’s even better is that the price tag is just $300. Sounds perfect, right?
As we mentioned before, the 2 main competitors in the smartwatch world are Google and Apple, and each company will definitely bring noteworthy and unique additions to the table. As far as Google is concerned, it makes sense that its experts would create an Android-based gadget, and this shouldn’t prove too difficult since many other companies already managed to implement the famous OS into their own devices. We’re quite confident that Google’s smartwatch will be a splendid device that will make our lives easier.
Apple’s iWatch will definitely be based on a modified version of the company’s famous iOS, and it’s even more likely that the smartwatch in question will link directly to the user’s iPhone. As far as looks are concerned, nobody really knows exactly what to expect from Apple, but if we are to judge by what we’ve seen so far, we can definitely hope for a clean, modern and practical design.
Microsoft’s version of the smartwatch will undoubtedly be powered by the Windows operating system, which can only mean great things. Furthermore, Microsoft is apparently trying its best to use innovative and impressive materials in the manufacturing process of its new gadget, including something called Oxynitride Aluminum – an almost completely transparent and very sturdy material.
If Nokia ends up releasing a smartwatch, you can bet that it will be quite incredible! The famous Finnish company would probably implement impressive technologies into their new device, including their Nokia Morph and bendy Kinetic technologies. As we well know, flexibility is almost a synonym for practicality, which could propel Nokia’s gadget to the top of many technology enthusiasts’ wishlists.
The Sonostar Smartwatch was officially unveiled during the Computex 2013 event, where it received plenty of positive feedback. Thanks to its 1.73-inch touchscreen, this stunning device features a stylish and elegant appearance, and once it is connected to your iOS or Android-based smartphone, it delivers a generous amount of information at a glance. With a price tag of just $180, the Sonostar smartwatch will come in 2 distinct versions: black or white.
Kreyos Meteor SmartWatch
Even though its official launch date was delayed for March 2014, the Kreyos Meteor SmartWatch will undoubtedly become quite popular once it finally surfaces. Highly affordable, this smartwatch is set to cost just $170, and for that price, its user would benefit from a wide array of features, including an accelerometer and a pedometer. The watch boasts a black and white display and is able to link with Android, iOS and even Windows 8-based smartphones via Bluetooth.
inWatch One Smartwatch
With a 1.54-inch touchscreen, a 2-megapixel camera and a dual-core processor, the inWatch One by Yingqu Technology is a very impressive piece of Chinese tech. The smartwatch runs on an Android 4.2 OS and boasts numerous health-tracking sensors as well as Bluetooth connectivity and GPS. All of these features come at a cost though, $300 to be precise.
Hyetis Crossbow Smartwatch
The most expensive smartwatch on our list hails from Switzerland and is made by a company called Hyetis. Dubbed the “Crossbow” this astonishing gadget is still in development, but when it finally does come out, it will come with a staggering price tag of $1200. Some of its most impressive additions include a thermometer, biometric sensors, a barometer, a touchscreen and a 41-megapixel camera. NFC connectivity as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity will also be part of the package.
The Hot Watch has all of those nice things such as Bluetooth connectivity, impressive battery life and a 1.26-inch E Ink display, but it might also receive a sophisticated gesture system that would allow its user to control the gadget by moving it in certain directions. For example, should the user move the watch to his or her ear, the gadget would answer a call, while shaking the wrist would reject a call. The Hot Watch will come in 5 different versions and will boast a standard price tag of $170.